Senate Blocks Senator John Kennedy’s Legislation to Extend National Flood Insurance Program
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has become a topic of concern in the United States, particularly during hurricane season. Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) has been advocating for the extension of the program to protect millions of Americans from potential lapses in their flood insurance coverage. However, his efforts have been thwarted by the Senate.
Yesterday, the Senate blocked Senator Kennedy’s legislation to extend the NFIP for three months, signaling a lack of bipartisan support. This was Kennedy’s third attempt this month to pass a bill to protect the program, which is crucial for the safety and security of millions of Americans, especially half-a-million Louisianians who are at greater risk due to their geography. The timing of this blockage is especially concerning considering the ongoing hurricane season.
The extension sought to ensure that the NFIP continues to protect both existing and new policyholders until December 31, 2023. This would have provided much-needed relief and peace of mind to individuals residing in flood-prone areas.
Senator Kennedy expressed his disappointment and frustration at the Senate’s decision. He emphasized that protecting Americans from a lapse in their flood insurance should be an overwhelmingly bipartisan issue, considering the grave risks associated with hurricane season. He called the blockage reckless and ill-advised, as it undermines the security and well-being of millions of Americans.
This is not the first time Senator Kennedy has fought for the extension of the NFIP. In 2019, his National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act became law, ensuring the program’s continuity. Previously, in 2018, his first National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act also became law, further emphasizing his dedication to protecting Americans from the perils of flooding.
Senator Kennedy’s persistence in advocating for the NFIP’s extension is commendable. Additionally, he has played a significant role in ensuring that multiple continuing resolutions to fund the federal government have included provisions for the NFIP’s extension, highlighting his commitment to the program’s longevity.
While the Senate’s decision to block Senator Kennedy’s legislation is disappointing, it is imperative that the issue remains at the forefront of discussions. The NFIP is a vital safeguard for millions of Americans, and it is crucial that there is bipartisan support for its continuation and improvement. The safety and financial security of those residing in flood-prone areas depend on it.
Senator Kennedy’s tenacity and dedication to protecting Americans from the devastating effects of flooding are praiseworthy. Despite the recent setback, his ongoing efforts to safeguard the NFIP will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of countless individuals and communities across the nation.
To watch Senator Kennedy’s full remarks on the Senate’s decision, please follow this link: [link to YouTube video].